Indian authorities are one step closer to extraditing beleaguered businessman Vijay Mallya as UK Home Secretary on Monday (February 4) signed an order approving the same.
Mallya now has 14 days starting today to appeal against the UK Home Secretary’s order.
A Home Office spokesperson said confirmed that the UK Secretary of State, after careful consideration, signed the order for Vijay Mallya’s extradition to India.
Jaitley wrote on Twitter: Modi Government clears one more step to get Mallya extradited while Opposition rallies around the Saradha Scamsters.
Vijay Mallya is accused in India of conspiracy to defraud, make false representations and launder money, added the spokesperson.
Reacting to the approval of Mallya’s extradition, government sources welcomed the order and are awaiting “early completion” of the legal process involved in the process.
“We have taken note of the decision of the UK Home Secretary to sign on the order for Vijay Mallya’s extradition to India. While we welcome the UK Government’s decision in the matter, we await the early completion of the legal process for his extradition,” government sources told news agency ANI.
The Westminster Magistrates’ Court had in December 2018 ordered Mallya’s extradition, in a major boost to India’s efforts to bring back the fugitive wanted for alleged fraud and money laundering charges amounting to an estimated Rs 9,000 crores.
On January 2, Vijay Mallya was declared as the country’s first fugitive economic offender under the Fugitive Economic Offenders Act.
A special PMLA court in Mumbai branded Mallya as the first fugitive economic offender following an appeal filed by the Enforcement Directorate, which is one of the investigative agencies probing Mallya.
The order is likely to offer a major boost to the Narendra Modi-led government, which faces elections in just a couple of months.
Recently, the Indian government successfully extradited Deepak Talwar, Rajeev Saxena and Christian Michel in connection with the Agusta Westland VVIP chopper scam.